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Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.

This question has been answered 8 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
It is essential to show the interviewer that you are a team player. Talk about a time that you were recently expected to achieve a goal in a team setting. Discuss how you went above and beyond to ensure that your contribution made a difference.

Account Manager answer example
"Last month our company asked upper management to complete a full inventory audit. There were 4 of us in total and so we broke the audit requirements into shifts. These shifts had to take place when the warehouse was closed. In the end, there was one additional shift that nobody wanted to take. I volunteered myself to do that shift to show my dedication to my job and my co-workers. The gesture was appreciated and the audit was completed on time."
Admin answer example
"Before my arrival in my current role, our office faced a great deal of disorganization. The biggest contribution that I made was creating a new filing system, introducing Trello - a web-based project management application, and then training the team on how to properly utilize the application."
Basic answer example
"Last month our company asked upper management to complete a full inventory audit. There were 4 of us in total and so we broke the audit requirements into shifts. These shifts had to take place when the warehouse was not in its daily operations. In the end, there was one additional shift that nobody wanted to take. I volunteered myself to do that shift to show my dedication to my job and my co-workers. The gesture was appreciated, and the audit completed on time."
Manager answer example
"My most significant contribution to my last team came in the form of introducing a transformational leadership style. This type of leadership means that I spent my time working on inspiring my squad, encouraging effective communication, and creating a comfortable environment by helping my team members to ask the right questions. I am considered a blue-sky thinker and like to promote this way of thinking with my team."
Marketing answer example
"My most notable contribution was my ability to analyze and predict market trends, and then create a successful marketing strategy for a challenging product that nobody else wanted to tackle. As a marketer, the most significant growth comes from taking on projects that may seem undesirable, and completely knocking them out of the park. This initiative showed my team that it's worthwhile to exit your comfort zone."
Sales answer example
"In my sales pod, I am the only one with financial industry experience, so I have made it my mission to create educational materials for the rest of the pod so they can feel not only more comfortable but come off as more confident and natural when they are making their pitches to our finance clients. I was not asked to do this, but I knew it would benefit everyone and the company as a whole if we portray ourselves most professionally."
Staff Accountant answer example
"Employers are looking for team members who will be actively involved in the department. How have you been actively involved? Have you initiated a positive change within the department or on a college project? Have you thought of a process improvement that was implemented? Or, have you completed a major project for the team? Go ahead and share how you have contributed while being actively engaged either in the workplace or in college."
Teacher answer example
"I was able to contribute to my team by exceeding the conventional expectations of a teacher. I will assist other teachers with marking, should they be falling behind. I will help on sports trips, acting as an additional chaperone. Also, if we introduce new faculty members, I will take them under my wing, ensuring they feel comfortable in their first few weeks on the job."

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Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
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I suggested I subuggested incorporated the system of printing laser checks utilizing a new accounting system with check writing features and being able to post to the general and could key the charges to the perspective g/l and / or job number.
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I suggested we put a soda machine in the office.
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Moved the utility bills to prepaid arrangement because we were missing the due dates and paying over due charges on them.
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I have helped modify systems in the serving positions that I have had when other options were not working to be able to follow codes to a tee.
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Making the files organize and easy to find.
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While going to school full time and doing a job part time at Wateen made me well aware of whatI was learning at school and led me to pitch in fresh ideas from the class room at our board meetings.
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Several times when I cross check employee payment vs time sheet vs project I noticed error in the payment instead of holy wages for e. G $14.23 it was paid $142.3 per hr which I pointed out and this has been corrected by payroll in one or two cases the concerned employee was inactive and our legal department took action to collect from employee.
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I would narrate one of the happenings in my past job! At the time of joining the team had backlog due to technical issue in SAP work environment. While it took a long time to stabilize the volumes I contributed my team what all I can be capable off. It helped me a lot to learn through the process at the time of training.
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Developed in collaboration with IT department an Audit Query to audit transaction void lines at the store level.
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A successful contribution which I've made at my job is controlling purchase orders and assigning invoice totals to the equipments' account number.
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I developed a audit programme that was totaly different with my supervisors one and to my surprise my manager prefered mine over his.
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Developed a audit programme that was totaly different with my supervisors one and to my surprise my manager prefered mine over his.
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Sorry, I have no experience.My schoolday is normally.
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I'm a hardworker, dependable, willing to learn new assignment, and once I commit, I'm commited to the end.
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Manager wanted someone dependable that he could count on being at work 5:00 am. I volunteer to commit to coming in and oversee the warehouse. The manage truth me enough to tell me to run the warehouse in making the decision on how incoming merchandise enter the back door accord to the rules and regulation.
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I completed auditing report without any assistance of 11/2 years in 2 months which was pending.
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I was a topper of my own batch MBA and as an employee I m loyal and hardworker.
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Not much to be said, only follow my superior's order.
19.
My last company work as a post of account executive and I m improve a knowledge and good handling a work in a our pressure.
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Ive designed a spreadsheet for my boss to tract and adjust payments .
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I volunteered in NATIONAL TREDITIONAL DAY during my college days.
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Audit the accounts with council.
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Taking exemption in tax liable.
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I signed a few big contract with our consumers that brought us 5 million growth profit from sales.
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I made the website, the posters.
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I will arrange over all college financial problems.
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To make sure that there is always money aside for daily operational needs.
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At present I am in auditor office.
29.
I learn so many thing in my past job and My accounts manager he was apprcati me.
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I have changed the structure and dynamics of the mentorship program in varsity at the men's residence. Under my leadership the residence was the highest academic achieving residence in 2013 after it has been the lowest for a number of years. That is, get people to understand what they are doing and why, the results will be remarkable.
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Enhanced accounting policies.
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Transforming the modern tools of teaching and cutting demonstrations to the next generations in advanced method.
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Swich to modern tools for teaching, cutting demontrations and repetitive learning, bringing new tools for new generations.
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I prepared a jig which is very useful them to assemble the fuselage. And I think working on the shaft floor give more knowledge more than working in front of the system.
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I have organised Catia classes for juniors. My aim was to provide knowledge of catia to juniors during semester running period, so they can do something else in summers.
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I have organised Catia classes for juniors. My aim was to provide knowledge of catia to juniors during semester running period, so they can do something else in summers.
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I have always believed that updating seniors with current status of work is always beneficial, so I have always kept seniors in loop for every work done or progress in module. This has been put as a model for others to follow and this was my little contribution.
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I have taken lot of sessions and training to my peers with respect to various topics in technical domain. I have always inspired my colleages with my ability to solve problems and helping them in the time of need.
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We used a crude in-house crm tool, which our team themselves developed for our day to day sales operations. It seemed like a good business opportunity to develop this CRM further keeping the needs of real estate firms and offer it in the market as a SAAS tool. It also provides a steady alternate source of revenue.
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I was the lead in my samsung experience. People were used to not send any status mails daily, I made this habbit in my team.
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I save our Line of business about $100k by leading an automation project that saved time when creating the Service Accounts.
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There was a lot of manual effort for doing the repetitive tasks. I innovated a way to centralize the querying of various servers and databases and it helped a lot by saving time and effort.
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I made a suggestion of having test online on a local area network in a college and have a analysis sheet for each of us.
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By Sharing knowledge across teams I have managed to get all cross functional teams to work closely.
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I have always believed that updating seniors with current status of work is always beneficial, so I have always kept seniors in loop for every work done or progress in module. This has been put as a model for others to follow and this was my little contribution.
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I have worked over real time projects in current company and handling data of PAN india by myself.
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Have been an inspiration for new joinees in my team. Have set an example in how to interact with customer issues and how to update the status.
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As network manager for Kellogg I saw our cost and service were disproportionate. I suggested that I be allowed to to look into alternate services. In the end I found a better service at a much low cost.
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I derive roadmap based on the current trends to capture the future/next gen products. This is always a key to my success, as well as companies success.
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I have been a spoc for customer service exellence and achived consisted performance also helped the process meet its target.
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In college I was a student rep where I held discussions and activities for the college and also contributed my time and effort into communicating with other students and helping with their needs.
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We always work with tight budgets so I generally work with numerous people to make something happen and the road to that something is never the same. I think managing to convince the lyceum to let us use there stage for a few hours was possibly the biggest pull of the year and getting everyone to be punctual and informed.
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For old age home hv contributed 20.000 and hv suggested events for Renault.
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I had sold premium product of vw to company like Johnson and Johnson.
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While working at ARM, logistic was part of my job . The company bought a fleet of cars which was. Costing the business a hefty sum on repairs which ment it was more challenging to meet my clients demands when a car was down. I suggested hiring a fleet of new cars from a motor dealer and a reduced monthly rate. This ment that the company saved on money for services and constant repairs.
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I have made a successful contribution to my old employer by putting in an excel spread sheet which can keep track of customers walking into the show room with their name, what they are interested in and taken their contact details for marketing to approach them.
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When I started working for Northcroft there wasnt a filing system in place so I spoke with my two directors in regards to putting an electronic/and paper filing system together which they were happy for me to create. I succeeded and my management and team where delighted with what I had acheived and it was rolled out to the rest of the company.
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I was the professional at Thurles golf club where I organised and ran successfully a pro am tournament in 2013 which spotlighted the golf club and resulted in an increase in visitors.
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I had made projects for my collage and for my self also.
60.
I sell WRX and STI with full list price, no even one penny discount.
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When I worked in a food store, I was concerned about the safety of myself and my colleagues when working in the backup freezer in the warehouse. The floor of the freezer was mental and would often become very slippery and unsafe. I wrote a suggestion to the health and safety bored for which I was rewarded with vouchers. My suggestion was for the freezers to feature and honey combe rubber mat, to provide better traction underfoot.
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I have made many contributions over the past two and a half years at my previous job. I made a donation box for "toys for teens" that any costumer who donated would enter their name into a drawing for a free service. Also I have made special promotions that have been effective in getting more business.
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Devoloped my basket ball mates skills and improved their potential.
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As a manager I have made loads of contributions to help over my time with new suggestions.
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Suggested that we carry perfume testers in order to enhance our sales.
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I suggested we televise the growth of a footwear brand to build the audience. That move translated into more sales.
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In my current job, I work on an anneal & pickle line that is making the mechanical properties and surface quality for the customers. There is a section called ESS that I suggested added hydroxide to the system to help clean up the strip as well as the piping and tub. This was successful and is part of the process today.
68.
In my group project that we are currently working on in my Engineering course, at the beginning, I offered up several design ideas for the item and they were accepted and are now being implemented into outré design.
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In college, I volunteered for the Orange County schools and was able to assist in developing better lessons plans for the volunteers which helped both the students and volunteers interact better with one another.
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I managed to develop a succesfull campaign and to sell the product thatw e offered to large companies.
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In school I was a mentor I was able to help a child with possible problems they had in school. I was able to give my knowledge to someone who may have needed it more than I
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I create and introduce a CRM System with a simple Excel file. But there where so many small things in every workday. For me it wasn´t a big success.
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Created early morning team to push fresh produce and food to the floor.
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A sales summary report, team based, to build ion individuals strengths.
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Working in childcare - setting up a 'quiet corner' for children to go to when they are upset and need to calm down.
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Music, bell and merchandising.
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Created a database of macroeconomic indicators.
78.
Implementing a change management system at Paccess.
79.
I convinced one of project groups at university that the best way to promote our brand, would be to go around Amsterdam and talk to people about our product and its benefits.
80.
In my past job I suggested that we started using google drive instead of putting documents or spreadsheets on the server where only one copy can be opened and edited at a time.
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Implementing a cross platform feature in out store card before the holidays. We saw.
82.
In college I worked for a start-up music booking and promotions company. During our infancy I suggested that we start doing contests on social media for free tickets and exclusive access to shows which led to our first big following online and resulted in higher attendance to concerts,
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In a team, when everything goes alright, and the job gets done, I am a person which is not very loud. If things are going south, and I notice a leader is needed, I come forward and fill the gap. In the past this has happend several times. I look at the whole, and try to make it complete.
84.
When I transferred to the Abercrombie and Fitch here in Lenox, the cash rep was very unorganized. So I introduced the cash rep standards I was taught at the Abercrombie and fitch in sf into the abercrombie here at lenox. As far bag placement and go back sorting .
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When I transferred to the Abercrombie and Fitch here in Lenox, the cash rep was very unorganized. So I introduced the cash rep standards I was taught at the Abercrombie and fitch in sf into the abercrombie here at lenox. As far bag placement and go back sorting .
86.
Since the Australian Baseball League is only five years old, there are many aspects that need improving or are always changing. Therefore, I made many suggestions throughout my experience there. For example, the organization began using a new POS system for the merchandise department, but concessions was not using one at all. Therefore, I suggested that concessions use the same POS system so that all revenue could be tracked easily.
87.
One suggestion I made from my first job at Muscle Maker would be that we need to focus more on the customers and what is really important for our company.
88.
My hook ups, and ability to convince the buyer of making a purchase with more than one item.
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Currently still in high school and also i've never been employed.
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One contribution that I made in college was participating in the counselors students association to guide freshmen in their knew experience through college.
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Lending myself to the benefit of others, allowing others to pick up on my experience.
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Good input and helpful ideas.
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I had sold the most jeans which was commision at the time in the company for two months straight.
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I helped lead a group of people to the Philippines. I helped with our daily activites with the kids and helped with our budget that was provided to us.
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I have mentored and coached young adults in order to prevent antisocial behaviour, disengagement from learning or employment. I have acheived this by working with individuals on a one-to-one basis and in group sessions to work to an action plan based on the their needs and seen a positive outcome from this.
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Throughout my time at Dunfermline high school within my drama class I have led my group and come up with a range of creative ideas with ways to portray them.
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Trying to keep things simple less paperwork more meaning to short brief facts that can be understood by all.
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Until my arrival there was no specific local transport policy in place. This in turn meant there was no direction to transport personnel, which led to breaches of other regulations. I created the first Transport Policy, pulling together elements of other documents and policies.
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3.5bn turnover operate 4 division:- Defence, Marine, Support Services, International Customer is paramount at all times Importance on education Growth potential within multiple markets to increase market share which will aid more contracts and tenders.
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Helped write, implement and manage the preparations for the 2015 elections.
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I have improved the laboratory at the factory.

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